About the speaker

Alissa Walker is a writer, gelato-eater and walker in L.A. She writes about design, architecture, cities, and transportation for many publications, including Fast Company, GOOD, and Dwell, and is the associate producer for the KCRW show “DnA: Design and Architecture.” As an event curator, Alissa launched the GOOD Design initiative, where designers present solutions to city problems as proposed by urban leaders, and is the co-founder of de LaB, a monthly gathering for L.A. creatives. In 2010, Alissa was named as a USC/Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Fellow for her writing on design and urbanism. She lives in a royal blue house in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, writes infrequently on her blog, Gelatobaby, and relishes life in L.A. without a car.

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    Alissa's talk is the inspiration you'll need to pack up your things, walk out the door of your crappy job, stop for gelato, and walk into a great future doing something you love. She's definitely going to be Mayor of LA one day (if we're all lucky).

    Jon Setzen